1st Team Match Reports 2010/11

December 11th 2010

Spar Mid Wales League

Bow Street 1 v 1 Presteigne St. Andrews

Bow Street reflected on a chance missed as they returned to the pitch in the Spar Mid Wales League division one, only to be held 1-1 at home to basement side Presteigne. Matthew Evans, a new signing from Penrhyncoch, netted a debut goal but it was a case of what might have been against the visitors, who defied their lowly position. “To be fair to Presteigne, they played quite well, but we had enough chances to have won it,” said manager Emyr Jones. “Overall, it was frustrating, there were chances at both ends and in the end it could have been 10-6, but if you don’t take your chances, it comes back to haunt you.”

January 8th 2011

Central Wales Senior Challenge Cup

Bow Street 3 - 0 Kerry

Bow Street gave manager Emyr Jones the perfect tonic as his side booked their place in the fourth round of the Central Wales Senior Challenge Cup with a convincing home win against visitors Kerry. After such a lengthy spell without any action, the home team were expecting a tough tussle against a side flying high in the Spar Mid Wales Leauge Division Two. However, they made light of the absence of a couple of players to provide some timely cheer for manager Jones, who had been sidelined through illness. Dean Evans led the way with a goal in each half, while two new signings, Neil Evans and Matthew Evans, also made their mark in an excellent team showing. The back four also produced a solid show in front of keeper Dave Gregory, who was recalled from the reserves, with Jonathan Hartnell being out with a wrist injury. Former Penparcau player Neil Evans made his first start on the right of midfield, and provided some quality crosses, while Matthew Evans also appears to be a good capture after arriving from Penrhyncoch.

Dean Evans got the first goal and Garmon Hafal made it 2-0, although the final touch appeared to be off a visiting defender. Evans' second goal was the pick of the game, with the forward producing a fine finish to a pass from substitute Gareth Hughes after another well-worked move. Substitute Nicky Smith also had a chance while Gwyn Jones was also denied by the Kerry keeper when through on goal. Victory was just the job for Bow Street, who will be looking to produce that kind of form when they return to Spar Mid Wales League Division One duty at home to Llansantffraid Village on Saturday.

Bow Sreet: D Gregory, R Jones, D Davies, J Sherwood (H Griffiths 75), O James (G Hughes 65), N Evans, D Evans, M Evans, G Jones, G Hafal (N Smith 65), D Middleton.


February 12th 2011


Central Wales Senior Challenge Cup


Guilsfield 3 v 2 Bow Street

February 19th 2011

Spar Mid Wales League

Bow Street 6 v 0 Newbridge

Bow Street secured an impressive win against Newbridge on Wye further building on impressive recent performances. In an open affair during the first half the Magpies had several chances but were denied by a combination of good goalkeeping and the woodwork. Street found themselves often in excellent positions but unable to execute the final delivery or finish but to their credit they kept battling away and duly took the lead after 35 minutes when Darren ‘Cheesey’ Middleton got himself on the end of a deflected Rhys Llwyd cross to head home much to the relief of both the management and home support.


Street started the second half brightly and went further ahead through more good work from Middleton down the right, beating his man and crossing for Street Midfield dynamo Peter James to bag his first of the season in his first home appearance for the first team with a clinical 5 yard header. Newbridge conceded immediately from the kick off which sounded the death knell for the away side and street at 3 nil were purring – the Street Midfield bringing in effective wide men Neil Evans and Dafydd Davies time after time. James then set up Dean Evans in the penalty box but was felled and picked himself up to coolly convert from the spot. At 4 nil Street were home and dry and any chance of a consolation goal was well sniffed out by local farmer and plumber combination of James and Sherwood to ensure another clean sheet. Street wrapped up proceedings with more fine play with the impressive Rhys Llwyd getting his deserved goal with a sublime chip and Evans secured his hattrick through a bizarre finish which ricoched off his rump.


Street skipper Sherwood was beaming: ‘we’re on a roll now and the hwyl has never been better. We need to continue the scoring and maintain the clean sheets’


February 27th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League

Bow Street 0 v 2 Aberystwyth University

March 5th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League


Dyffryn Banw 4 v 3 Bow Street


March 12th


Spar Mid Wales League


Waterloo 3 v 4 Bow Street


Bow Street halted their recent blip in form with a much welcomed league win over Severn Valley side Waterloo. Street were again forced to make changes to the side that lost in Dyffryn Banw, most notably when local Agricultural Herdsman Owain James was charged by a heffer in mid week causing a nasty arm injury. In stepped Ian ‘baba’ Evans who was keen to cement his place in the side. The home side took the lead on 15 minutes following a wave of aerial bombardment which the street backline failed to clear, allowing the home sweeper to head in over the flat footed Gregory. Street though battled on and drew level soon after when a Peter James free kick bisected the home rearguard finding its way into the net – Dean Evans claimed the goal to take his seasons tally to 17, but the Bow Street bench were adamant that James had scored directly. As half time approached more aerial threat came Street’s way and the home side went in 2-1 up as Gregory fumbled a seemingly run of the mill high ball for the home striker to prod home.


Some straight talking from senior players and the management at half time saw Street up their game and become much more dominant and this soon paid off as indecision by the home centre half saw college boy Garmon Hafal slam the ball home from 5 yards. The Magpies tails were now up and the management introduced pocket sized livewire Rhys Llwyd whose impact was immediate with a delightful lob to take Street into the lead. Street were then reduced to ten men as Neil Evans reacted to an elbow and received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Not to worry though as that man Hafal was on the end of a fine Liam Button corner to power home giving street some breathing space at 4-2 with ten minutes remaining. The home side threw the kitchen sink at Street from then on but resolute defending from the back four saw the Cae Piod men hold out despite Gregory again being lobbed at the death.


Street marksman Dean Evans was a relieved man after the final whistle: ‘ we needed a win – historically this has been good hunting ground for us and it proved so again today. It gives us confidence now for a tough cup game in Meifod next week’. Street also gave a debut to U17 youngster Joe Williams proving that Huw Bates’ U17 set up is churning out some real talent.


Bow Street: D.Gregory, G.Jones, C.Berner (R.Llwyd 65) P.James, I.Evans, D.Middleton, L.Button (I.Frost 87) N.Evans, G.Hughes, G.Hafal, D.Evans (J.Williams 85)


March 19th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League Cup 2010/11 - Round 1


Meifod 1 v 3 Bow Street


Bow street made it safely through to the league cup second round with a 3-1 victory over struggling Spar Mid Wales 2 side Meifod. On a pitch more conducive to growing potatoes than playing football the home side went with three up front and it was clear that this was going to be a game of route one football. Street though took the lead after ten minutes as Ian Evans outpaced the home defence to slot home and soon after street doubled their lead thanks to a neat finish from Dean Evans. The street defence were caught square midway through the first half and a neat one two between the Meifod strikers saw them pull a goal back.


Street began to dominate proceedings during the second half but failed to convert several good opportunities but Rhys Llwyd gave the magpies some breathing space with clinical finish from yards following some neat interplay and Street held on.


Street striker Garmon Hafal was a relieved man after the game: ‘it was never going to be easy here but we dug in at go the result – at least we have a home draw in the next round where we can get the ball down and play a bit'.


March 25th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League


Berriew 2 v 2 Bow Street


Bow Street grabbed well deserved point at high flying Berriew last friday night. Street started brightly and the hosts possibly underestimated the magpies who took mthe lead on 15 minutes when Dean Evans rounded the home keeper. A defensive error soon led to the equaliser though but Street were well worth a 1-1 draw at half time having put in a real committed first half performance.


The majority of the second half remained a stalemate with full backs Gareth Hughes and Neil Evans being kept busy by the Berriew attack but it was the last 15 minutes which saw the action start. Street newboy Karl Seliarts and Dean Evans linked up well and drew a free kick just outside the box. Evans stepped up to rifle in an unstoppable shot which hit the inside of the post and rebounded back across goal and into the net. Berriew were becoming increasingly desperate to draw level but some outstanding saves from Dave Gregory kept street ahead until the home side drew level from a close range header and street held firm in the closing minutes to leave with a very valuable point.


Street centre half Owain James said: ' not many team will come here and get a point - it was a real blood and guts encounter and we gave a really good account of ourselves. it will count for nothing though if we fail to get three points at home against Penparcau Tuesday night'.


Bow Street: D.Gregory, N.Evans, G.Hughes, O.James, P.James, L.Button, G.Jones, C.Seliarts, G.Hafal, R.Llwyd, D.Evans, I.Evans, C.Berner. L.Jones


March 29th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League


Bow Street 12 v 2 Penparcau


Bow Street put current league title holders Penparcau to the sword on Tuesday night with a truly unbelievable result at Cae Piod. These two teams have been fierce rivals over the years at both District league and Spar Mid Wales level; and it’s fair to say that Penparcau have had the upper hand as far as results have gone since Huw Bates won promotion 5 years ago. But this was a night to savour at Cae Piod as the Magpies dished out the ultimate spanking to a side which is clearly a shadow of its former self.


Street were buoyed by a good point earned at Berriew the previous Friday and ' Deadly' Dean Evans picked up where he left off and bagged his first after 10 minutes through a quickly taken free kick leaving the young away keeper still trying to sort his wall out. Evans doubled his tally soon after, cutting in and powering home from 10 yards. Street had their opponents exactly where they wanted them, and their misery was compounded soon after when they went down to ten men and Karl Seliarts, making his home debut, showed his class with a deft lob to take it to 3 - 0. Evans completed a first half hat-rick as the referee blew for halftime.


From the restart street were dealt a reality check when Darren Davies smashed home from 5 yards as Penparcau attacked from the kick off down the left. This was a blessing in disguise, and inspired the home team into dishing out more punishment for the away side as Rhys Llwyd got in on the act soon after and the good crowd at Cae Piod were treated to some of the finest finishing ever witnessed at the ground – Penparcau were down and out, but their opponents but the old addage that 'you still have to put them away' rung true, and in all honesty the Penparcau keeper had no chance with balls flying past him into top corners from all angles. At this point it’s no exaggeration to say that had this been a boxing match the ref might have stopped it there and then. Adding insult to injury Penparcau lost Andy Carree to a second yellow card and by now the match had turned into a surreal one way onslaught and the quality of the goalscoring was relentless, Dean Evans ending with 5, Rhys Llwyd 4, Karl Seliarts 2 and Garmon Hafal sneaking in on the act as well. Penparcau pulled an embarrasing consolation goal back from the penalty spot at the death but nothing could make up for this horror show for the title holders. As dusk settled over the Rhydypennau Inn, the Magpies were savouring one of their their most famous result in recent times and one which will be talked about for many a year.


Street stalwart Peter James added: This sort of result is a once in footballing career occurance and was a strange game in that its so far from the titanic battles we've had with Penparcau over the years. some, if not all of the goalscoring was breathtaking and i'm sure even the great Street goalscorers of the past like Martin ‘Shoppo’ Williams and Paul James would have taken their hats off to some of the lads tonight. Back to reality Saturday though, with a tough home league encounter against Llanrhaedr, and if we suddenly think we're world beaters then we could be facing a similar fate!


Bow Street: J.Hartnell, N.Evans (I.Evans), G.Hughes (C.Berner), P.James, O.James, L.Button, G.Jones, K.Seliarts (L.Jones), R.Llwyd, G.Hafal, D.Evans


April 2nd 2011


Spar Mid Wales League

Bow Street 1 v 3 Llanrhaeader

A strong, experienced Llanrhaeadr side muscled Bow Street out of the game to come out victors in this battle at Cae Piod. With the visitors hustling and hunting the Magpies down in packs it was a scrappy game of football which ended up with the ball being hoofed down the centre and nobody really getting a chance to settle on the ball. Yet again Bow Street conceded through set pieces with all three goals coming from dead ball situations. Dean Evans scored a penalty for the home side after Llanrhaeadr handled in the box but other than that it was an afternoon to forget for the Magpies.

April 5th 2011

Spar Mid Wales League

Tywyn Bryncrug 5 v 0 Bow Street

Bow Street suffered a 5-0 league defeat against old adversaries Tywyn last Tuesday night. Street started well and put the home side under some early pressure but against the run of play Tywyn took a one nil lead as Ian 'Baba' Evans pulled a hamstring running back towards his own goal leaving the home striker to coolly slot past Gwydion Owen. Soon after Coner Berner went down with an injury and the majority of the Street side stopped in anticipation of the ball being put out of play or the ref's whistle but neither resulted and again the home striker went through untroubled to make it 2-0. Street did have their chances and should have equalised but for poor finishing from close range and the Jameses centre half combo going for the same ball in the air.


Worse was to follow after the break as Street's inability to defend the high ball from a route one kick saw the Tywyn player lob the Street keeper to make it 3 -0 and a carbon copy goal followed to make it 4-0. Street never gave up but it was a night to forget at Bryncrug as a tap in at the far post made it 5-0. Street were left contemplating a rather embarrassing defeat, underlining the importance of taking your chances when they come along.


April 9th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League Cup 2010/11 - Round 2

Bow Street 4 v 2 Dolgellau


The Magpies were aiming to make amends for their mid week trouncing by making it through to the quarter finals of the league cup. Street rang a few changes although newboy Karl Seliaerts didnt quite make a late fitness test. Dave Gregory returned between the sticks, as did Neil Evans at right back. Street got off to a perfect start after 10 minutes as street hot-shot Dean Evans was again on the money to take Street into a deserved one nil lead. Further good work by Rhys Llwyd and Gwyn Jones saw Evans bag his brace with a powerful left foot drive and Street looked in total control. Dolgellau's only meaningful attack reduced the deficit as Gregory failed to clear, allowing the pacey Dol striker to finish well from a tight angle. Street went in for a welcome half time squash 2-1 up.


From the restart Dol started with real intent and an excellent battle between the Dol playmaker Lewis and street ankle biter Gwyn Jones ensued, Jones winning the battle until he was adjudged to have felled the Dol number 8 and referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and the penalty dispatached to bring the two sides level. Street were making good progress down the right flank through Llwyd and Neil Evans and a succession of corners proved fruitful as Neil Evans delivered the perfect cross for Street centre half Peter James to leap like a spring salmon at the far post to turn the tie Street's way. Street were now beginning to have much more success and a quickly taken free kick between the Evans cousins saw 'deadly' Dean secure his hat-trick to take his season's tally well into the 30's. Street could have gone on and added more, with chances falling to U17 starlets Hywel Evans and Coner Berner. Street though were safely into the quarters - a repeat of last year's final versus Llansantffraid now beckons at Cae Piod on Monday 25th.


Street Right back Neil Evans was quick to applaud his cousin Dean. 'fair play to Dean, he's been in good form of late, be great to see him bag the league top scorers trophy but he's got a bit of catching up to do with the Berriew striker i think?. It was nip and tuck at 2-2 and i thought it might be one of those days, thankfully James senior showed James junior how to score with a header to take us ahead and we never looked back.


Bow Street: D.Gregory, N.Evans, P.James O.James, D.Davies, L.Button, G.Jones, R.Llwyd, C.Berner, D.Evans, G.Hafal, L.Jones, H.Evans, P.Evans


April 16th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League

Bow Street 2 v 1 Llanidloes

Bow Street continued their recent erratic form by beating high flying Llanidloes town 2-1 at Cae Piod last Saturday. Recent results have yo-yo'd with one good win followed by a disappointing loss. Emyr ‘Brains’ Jones reverted to a more experienced starting line up than that which had been soundly beaten by Tywyn the Wednesday before, recalling Peter James and Liam Button into the middle and Garmon Hafal up front. Street knew they had to put in a more determined and committed performance against the daffs and they did so, competing well across the park during a first half which was very much a stalemate and the tie remained goalless at the halt time interval. The only donwer was losing Karl Seliaerts to a persisntat hamstring injury which saw 17 year old whizz-kid Coner Berner introduced after 15 minutes.

Much of the same was to follow for the second half, Liam Button in particular showing a dogged determination to stifle Llani attacks, working tirelessly from box to box much to his credit. Dean Evans was increasingly showing glimpses of maintaining his rich vein of form in front of goal and was always a threat when the Magpies broke on the counter attack. Indeed it was on the counter attack that street got their just rewards as the ball was moved quickly up to Evans who found Hafal on the edge of the 18 yard box but for his shot to be parried, the street student showed great composure though from the rebound to steer home and the Llani players and supporters knew they had a game on their hands for the last quarter of the game. As the clock ticked down the Llani side were growing in frustration but they drew level from some neat interplay which saw the Llani striker slot under the on-rushing Gregory to make it 1-1 with 7 minutes remaining. Street held firm, with plumber and farmer combo of Sherwood and James sniffing out any threat from the Llani strikers and Gwyn Jones was introduced to further stifle any attack coming from midfield and basically do what he does best. With 6 minutes left the home crowd would have put their money on a 2-1 win when they saw Dean Evans run through on goal with the keeper well off his line, but for his lob to sail agonisingly over the bar in what might have seen street’s last chance go begging. Evans though soon made amends and turned provider, delivering a peach of a cross for Hafal, who out jumped the Llani centre half to steer home at the far post to cap off a fine individual performance and memorable 2-1 win.


Midfield terrier Gwyn Jones added 'we really dug in today, each and every one of us; Garmon was outstanding, Liam rolled his sleeves up in the middle and Dean was always a threat in the supporting role running from deep. Tough week ahead though with Llanrhaedr Saturday, league cup quarter final on Monday at home against Llansantffraid and then away to Builth on Wednesday week – lets hope we can get a bit of momentum going’.


Bow Street: D.Gregory, N.Evans, J.Sherwood, O.James, D.Davies, P.James, L.Button, R.Llwyd, K.Seliaerts, G.Hafal, D.Evans, C.Berner, G.Jones, H.Evans


April 25th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League Cup 2010/11


Bow Street 4 v 3 Llansantffraid Village


Bow street made it into the last four of the league cup with a closely fought 4-3 victory against Llansantffraid, who beat the magpies in last year’s final. In a cagey opening period both teams struggled to find any rhythm but Liam Button was on song with a defence splitting pass, releasing young academic Rhys Llwyd who despite the keeper’s right hand found the bottom corner from a tight angle. Street grew in confidence but an uncharacteristic error from returning keeper Jono Hartnell saw away stiker Nathan Prodger slot into an empty net bringing the game level. Just before half time Street went 2-1 up as Dean Evans was upended in the box by the ffraid left back. Evans’ initial penalty was well saved but he reacted quickly to bury the rebound from a tight angle.


As the two sides resumed for the second half street started to gain the upper hand, with Evans and Llwyd posing a constant threat on the break and it was Llwyd who doubled his tally with a cheeky lob from 15 yards taking street into a 3-1 lead. Soon after the Llansantffraid left back was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area and Dean Evans stepped up to see his penalty saved but Referee Paul Morgan deemed the away keeper to have moved off his line too early. Evans made way for Llwyd to complete his hattrick from the spot, smashing the ball home and Street looked home and dry at 4-1. Street took their, eye off the ball, literally soon after and a route one ball was not dealt with, Prodger again running through to round Hartnell and it was game on again. The away side scored again soon after it was real panic stations as wave after wave of Ffraid attacks saw the ball ricochet off the post, bar and several players but Street held on for the win despite Dean Evans being red carded at the death.


Hattrick Hero Llwyd added 'it was a tough game and they threw everything at us in the end but we held out. Looking forward to the cup semi now and were still in the hunt for some silverware’


Bow Street: J.Hartnell, D.Davies, N.Evans, J.Sherwood, O.James, P.James (G.Jones 65), L.Button, R.Llwyd, G.Hafal (P.Evans 80), D.Evans, N.Smith (C.Berner 80) Sub not used: M.Evans


April 27th 2011


Spar Mid Wales League


Builth Wells 0 v 0 Bow Street


Street travelled to Builth in good spirits following their cup win over Llansantffraid the previous Saturday although key personnel didn’t make the trip, notably Dean Evans who will now miss 4 games as a result of his red card Saturday.


Builth’s recent home record is outstanding although they still aren’t mathematically safe from the dreaded drop. On a rock solid pitch which proved difficult, both sides did their best to play and Builth’s confidence at home was clear to see, although Street to their credit matched the home side’s commitment in every department. Street looked dangerous from set plays as Garmon Hafal and Phil Evans both went close in an even first half, and Gwydion Owen in goal growing in confidence with every game for the Magpies.


More of the same was to follow in the second half, with Matthew Evans and Neil Evans combining well down the right hand side, and Coner Berner always a threat on the left, ably supported by both Phil Evans and Nicky Smith, in fine form at the back. The tireless Gwyn Jones was a constant thorn in the side of the Builth MidBow Street secured their first 0-0 of the season on the banks of the river Wye on Wednesday night.field whose belief was increasingly being eroded by the resolute street men. Indeed Street could have snatched all three points at the death, but for Channel 4 Countdown fanatic Garmon Hafal heading straight at the Builth keeper and both sides settled for a point.


Man of the Match and Street Sweeper Nicky ‘Smudger’ Smith was pleased with the performance. ‘that performance typifies the Bow Street spirit, totally committed to the cause – I was surprised to be selected at sweeper tonight but thoroughly enjoyed it and who knows, I might have found a new lease of life at the back!!’


Bow Street: G.Owen, N.Evans, D.Davies, N.Smith, P.Evans, C.Berner, M.Evans, G.Jones, P.James (L.Button), R.Llwyd (O.James), G.Hafal